I am so very happy to share with you one of my Best Disney Friends! Donna Kay and I happened to “meet” on line a while ago because we share two loves: Disney AND Auburn University. We are both from Alabama and love the south. The two of us hit it off immediately and quickly became more than just Disney friends. We only live about 4 hours apart, but have never met in person. Currently, I’m trying to convince my husband to change the route we will take to Walt Disney World this fall so we can drive through Troy, Alabama- just so I can meet Donna Kay! Hopefully one day we can meet!
Thanks Donna Kay for being willing to share your experience at Disney’s Yacht Club. You can find Donna Kay blogging at Magically Donna Kay, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Etsy and with her Travel Agency, WDW Guru!
It should come as no surprise that my family loves Disney’s
Yacht Club Resort. What’s not to love –
there’s the nautical theme, Stormalong Bay, Yachtsman Steakhouse, and close
proximity to Epcot, the Boardwalk and Hollywood Studios.
reminiscent of New England and has a nautical theme, you really do feel like
you are in Martha’s Vineyard. The resort
has 630 rooms which average 380 sq. ft. in size and standard suites are also
available. Rooms are available with king beds and pull out sofas, but the
majority are equipped with two queen beds and a pull out sofa to accommodate up
to 5 adults. We were fortunate enough to stay on the Club Level, located on the
5th floor, in a room with a view of the Lagoon – we could even see
part of the Epcot fireworks from our balcony. Club Level is only accessible
with a room key and has private check in, concierge services to make tour or
dining arrangements, a lounge with lite food – including continental breakfast
in the mornings and dessert in the evenings – and soft drinks, juice, ect.
with a relaxed feel. As usual, Disney paid extra attention to detail it
definitely shows in this area, from the brass fixtures to the rich deep tones
of the wood to the staff dressed in nautical attire, , it even smells like the
ocean. While you are there be sure to check
out the Globe it was designed especially for the Yacht Club Resort and has
pools at any of the Disney Resorts. It’s
practically a mini water park itself with the sand bottom pool, life size
shipwreck with waterslide and lazy river. The pool is so popular you have to show
your room key or magic band to be able to enter. FYI – they provide guests with
towels so there’s no need to bring one along.
It is pretty popular and can get crowded, and very loud, if you prefer a
quieter swimming experience I highly the quiet pool – we spent most of our
leisure time there and at times had it to ourselves.
they show at night, just check with the front desk for movie schedules. There are also motor boat rentals, fishing,
bike rentals, tennis and Lafferty Place Arcade.
When parents are ready for a little alone time, kids will love Sandcastle
Club or the Pirate Adventure Cruise for kids 4-12.
stands out! The Yachtsman Steakhouse is so
good, it has a traditional American steakhouse menu in a relaxed yet elegant
setting. You can’t go wrong with the chef’s special, and if you are lucky
enough to be there when they have chocolate hazelnut cake you have to get it –
best cake I have ever had. Have you ever thought about room service? Do it -the food comes from the Yachtsman Steakhouse-Yum!! If you are
looking for a more casual dining experience try the Captain’s Grille or Beaches
and Cream (which we loved, but we weren’t brave enough to try to Kitchen Sink,
maybe next time). And one of my favorite character breakfasts is at Cape May Café
with Donald, Goofy and Minnie. It’s a
buffet breakfast with traditional breakfast fare, and the characters make sure
to spend time at each table for photo ops.
is quickly available. To go to Epcot it
was a quick walk, about 10 minutes or so.
For Hollywood Studios you can take a ferry boat from the resort dock or a
20 minute walk. When you’re headed to Magic
Kingdom or Animal Kingdom busses leave regularly from the bus stop located
right in front of the resort.
maybe it’s time to start planning our next Walt Disney World vacation.